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Here are 4 rules of friendship that can improve romantic relationships

Published on:10 December 2020, 13:40pm IST
Friendship is the cornerstone of a strong romantic relationship, and that’s why we have got you some tips that are going to improve things with your partner!
Geetika Sachdev
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Friendship is what keeps a romantic relationship going. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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If you are a Bollywood buff, the very first thing that will cross your mind is a famous dialogue from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, “pyaar dosti hai”, which translates into “love is friendship” in English. Now, most films are all about fluff and unreal mush, but this golden rule truly holds meaning. Friendship really is the foundation of strong and solid romantic relationships

You and your partner might be attracted to each other and have great sexual chemistry, but if there’s no friendship between the both of you, then you can’t get through your troubled times. No matter what one says, life is not a bed of roses. There are problems that stick around like a thorn, and what’s better than having a companion around you to get you through? Only if you both are great friends will you be comfortable sharing details and problems.

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In fact, there’s research to testify to this! There’s a particular study that says 44% of the participants said that their romantic partner was also their best friend. There’s another one that shows that romantic couples who value the friendship aspect of their relationship seem to have a secret weapon to managing the problems and disruptions that come at them. Overall, it was found that loving feelings, mutual sexual pleasure and romantic commitment to each other increased over time between these people. 

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Your friendship will make your relationship stronger. Imagine courtesy: Shutterstock

Without wasting any time, let’s tell you all about these rules of friendship that can improve your relationship with your partner. All set to find out?

1. Friends are honest, but not judgmental

It’s always great if your partner can be honest, and not hesitate to tell you whatever they feel. The same goes for you! But, being judgmental is a deal-breaker. Don’t we always patiently hear out our closest friends and give them honest advice without being unkind or hurting them? Well, apply the same rule to your relationship. Trust us, it will work wonders!

2. Friends have each other’s back

It is comforting to know that we can count on our closest friends, no matter what goes wrong? If we make any wrong decision, they might call us out for it, but still offer support. Well, that’s exactly how it should be with your partner.

3. Friends listen to one another

As a society, we have grown by leaps and bounds, but we’ve stopped listening to each other. It’s always about speaking and sharing the details of your day. But remember, everything is not about you. Your partner also wants to share what’s going on in their life. So, be patient and listen to them. It’s only going to strengthen your relationship!

Also, listen: Your friendships can actually make you emotionally stronger. Here’s how

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Don’t forget to listen to each other! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Friends disagree, but they do not try to undermine, negate, or embarrass each other

You and your partner might have varying opinions about several issues or happenings in your life, and that’s completely fine. What’s important to remember is that you must not try to one-up each other, but be understanding of each other’s differences. So, don’t lose your cool, and learn to agree to disagree with each other!

Ladies, follow these golden rules of friendship and trust us, your relationship with your partner will only grow stronger!

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Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.